Alphabet Building Amsterdam Design

Alphabet Building, MVRDV Amsterdam, Dutch Creative Industry Venue, Minervahaven Property, NIC

Alphabet Building Amsterdam

Dutch Architectural Development design by MVRDV Architects

20 May 2011

Alphabet Building

Minervahaven, Amsterdam, Netherlands

Design: MVRDV

Alphabet Building Amsterdam facade design


Rotterdam, 20th May 2011 – Amsterdam based project development corporation NIC started sale of the MVRDV designed Alphabet building. In Amsterdam small and mid-size creative companies have trouble finding suitable office space. The Alphabet building communicates through a clear exterior design which reveals on the East façade the house number and at the main façade its extension for each company, a letter of the alphabet. The interior is highly flexible and completed with a rough and pure finishing. The 3200m2 creative industry building will be completed in 2012 according to high energy efficiency standards.

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pictures © MVRDV

The creative industry has seemingly unrealistic demands when it comes to office locations: a incubator of creative ideas which is spacious and inspiring with a differentiating design at a great location with car access. The Alphabet building in the Amsterdam port refurbishment Minervahaven unites all these qualities. The former port is currently refurbished to become a creative hub.

The building is on a relatively small site of 30 x 30 meters and consists of a transparent plinth with a compact office block on top. Behind each letter of the façade the building offers a flexible unit of 128m2, the units can be sold independently or as a series of letters. Design studio Thonik will occupy the top floor or the letters A to F. As it was impossible to put the entire alphabet on the façade the letters I and Q are missing: the IQ is inside the building.

The interior finishing follows the demand of creative companies, large loft like spaces with a rough finishing: no double ceilings, exposed materials such as concrete, aluminium and steel. A number of sustainable technologies give the building an excellent energy profile. Parking is located inside the plinth, circulation and spacious outside areas at the back of the building.

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pictures © MVRDV

Alphabet Building is located at Minervahaven Amsterdam.

Alphabet Building images / information from MVRDV

Alphabet Building Amsterdam architect : MVRDV

Location: Minervahaven, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, western Europe

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